Marquette Falls 1-0 To Villanova In BIG EAST Action
Sept. 21, 2007
Milwaukee - The Marquette University men's soccer team (1-4-1, 0-2-0 BIG EAST) deserved a better fate than its 1-0 setback at Villanova Friday afternoon in BIG EAST action, but the Golden Eagles were unable to take advantage of several quality scoring opportunities in the second half.
"It's like being invited to dinner, but not being allowed to eat," head coach Louis Bennett said. "We put what we thought was the best lineup out there for us to win, but unfortunately it took awhile to develop some chemistry.
"Villanova (6-1-0, 1-0-0 BIG EAST) is a quality squad that took advantage of its opportunity and in the end that's what it comes down to," Bennett said.
A turnover in the midfield allowed reigning BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week Mike Seamon to net his sixth goal of the campaign at the 15:16 mark. MU netminder Matt Pyzdrowski, who finished the afternoon with four saves, was able to make the initial stop, but the ball managed to cross the line for the score.
After collecting just one shot on goal in the first half, Marquette's offensive attack dominated play following intermission. MU outshot the Wildcats 14-3 over the course of the final 45 minutes, including a 5-1 advantage in attempts on goal in the second stanza.
Nine different Golden Eagles had at least one scoring attempt, led by a trio of players with three attempts each. A long-distance shot by midfielder Mehdi Eslami in the 79th minute required an acrobatic save by VU keeper Jason Friel and Mike Carlson found himself alone at the back post in the closing moments of regulation, but saw his shot find just the side netting.
"Both of the goals we have allowed in conference matches could have been avoided," Bennett said. "Each result has been frustrating in its own way, but we look forward to the opportunity to get back out there on Sunday."
Marquette continues league play Sunday afternoon at Rutgers.